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Buffalo businesses file federal suit over closed gentleman’s clubs

A federal lawsuit by several Buffalo-area businesses makes familiar arguments against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s business-limiting executive orders as well as a novel claim — that the governor is violating the First Amendment freedom of expression of exotic dangers by keeping gentleman’s clubs ...

Williams running for Seneca Nation president

John Adlai Williams Jr. is running for Seneca Nation president. Williams is serving in his second four-year term as a member of the Seneca Nation Council. A resident of the Cattaraugus Territory, Williams will be running at the Seneca Party Caucus and seeks to then advance to the ...

Despite cancellation, Gerry Rodeo remains special for area couple

After 75 consecutive years, the Gerry Rodeo will not take place this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The major fundraiser for the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department will be missed by many, especially Mr. and Mrs. Francis Finch Jr. of Randolph who have attended 50 of the last 52 years. ...

Jamestown man sentenced in drug case with firearm

A Jamestown man convicted of possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possessing of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime has been sentenced to more than 12 years in state prison. Kyle Kamholtz, 33, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard J. ...

Jamestown man pleads guilty in meth distribution case

A Jamestown man has pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine distribution charge, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced. Jacob Komenda, 24, entered the plea conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, 5 grams or more of methamphetamine before U.S. District Judge Richard J. ...

Mishap on Eagle Street

OBSERVER Photo Fredonia police were called to an accident Wednesday afternoon around 3:45 p.m. on Eagle Street involving a vehicle that struck a pole. The accident happened between Gillis and Green streets. No other information was available, however, Fredonia Fire Department was alerted to ...

Greystone at the market

Pictured above is the Greystone Nature Preserve information booth at the Fredonia Farmers Market. Children are invited to a free environmental activity at the Fredonia Farmers’ Market this from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Creating a pine cone bird feeder will spark their tactile experience and ...

Farmers’ Market Week to be celebrated Saturday

The Fredonia Farmers’ Market will be celebrating National Farmers’ Market week on Saturday at the Church Street location from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market is in full summer swing, with loads of fresh local vegetables and fruit, eggs, meats, baked goods, plants, herbal products, soaps, ...

Borrello, other officials sound economic warning on advisories

State Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, has joined a group of Southern Tier and Western New York lawmakers in urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to provide an exemption for workers who live in Pennsylvania but work in New York from potentially being included in the governor’s COVID-19 travel advisory ...

Waterspout on Lake Erie

A waterspout is pictured from the Lighthouse grounds Tuesday night on Lake Erie.

Online option for 5-hour course gets green light

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that New York State Department of Motor Vehicles pre-licensing courses may now be offered online, aiding a large pool of prospective drivers who have been unable to attend classes during COVID-19. New York’s “five-hour course” is a prerequisite for ...

Cherry Creek to begin shortened concert series Thursday

CHERRY CREEK — The Cherry Creek Community Association Inc. has announced the beginning of a shortened “Gazebo Concert Series,” to begin Thursday evening in the Pavilion of the Cherry Creek Ballpark located on Main Street. All concerts of the 2020 season will be held in the ballpark ...

Tom Reed asks for SSA to review telephone service

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson and Republican Leader Tom Reed have sent two letters to Social Security Administration Inspector General Gail S. Ennis asking for a review of SSA’s telephone service during the COVID-19 pandemic and ...

Gov. Cuomo signs bill to regulate oil, gas waste

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has quickly signed legislation to regulate waste from oil or natural gas in New York as hazardous waste instead of as industrial waste. The state Assembly passed A.2655 by a 110-31 vote on July 20 with both Assemblymen Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, and Joe Giglio, R-Gowanda, ...

County tax foreclosure redemption date extended to April 15

Chautauqua County residents who are behind on their property taxes will be given a little more time before their property is sold in an action. During a special meeting Monday, the county legislature unanimously agreed to extend the 2020 tax foreclosure redemption date from Aug. 7 to April ...

Future of the Thruway

OBSERVER Photo Crews from the New York state Thruway Authority work on the gantry at Exit 59 in Dunkirk in preparation for the cashless tolling system. The system was expected to be fully in place by the end of this year.

Dunkirk Public Library lists new books

The Dunkirk Public Library has listed its new August honor, memorial books: In honor of RITA “MRS. G” GESTWICKI — Cameron, A Dog’s promise. PET MEMORIAL In memory of ZELDA — Patterson, Dog diaries; Schulz, Gobble up, Snoopy. MEMORIALS In memory of PHILLIP BEGIER — Eruzione, ...

Silver Creek elementary offer choice on learning

SILVER CREEK – “We believe the best educational environment for students is in-person, especially for our youngest students,” said Silver Creek Elementary Principal Sterling Stearns during last week’s school board meeting. “But it’s important for us to learn from the spring ...

Red Cross has shortage on plasma

The American Red Cross has an emergency shortage of convalescent plasma, a potentially lifesaving treatment for patients with COVID-19. The Red Cross has seen demand for convalescent plasma more than double over the last month as the number of coronavirus cases increases across the U.S. ...